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Randy Martin (randalmartin) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Colorado
About Me My primary pursuits are mountaineering (hiking with the goal of a summit) but I am beginning to re-kindle my love of Backpacking. In particular I have become a big fan of the Ultralight approach and love this website. I seem to be in a perpetual state of shelter/sleep system evaluation. My current setup for shelter is a GG SpinnTwinn with YMG Bug Bivy 1.0 (summer) or Katabatic Bristlecone Bivy(colder). Sleep system is Katabatic Chisos 40 degree quilt with Neoair short.
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Re: Spinnaker cloth...
Make a Tarp. Water Resistance of Spinnaker is discussed here

In Make Your Own Gear » Spinnaker cloth...
June 10, 8:29am

Re: Re: 1 down jacket or rain jacket and vest?
For summer a down vest paired with a wind shirt or light rain jacket like the GoLite Tumalo and you have a very versatile setup. The rain jacket/wind shirt over a down vest will keep you comfortab...

In GEAR » 1 down jacket or rain jacket and vest?
June 09, 11:30am

Re: Re: No Replies :(
Just happened to see this thread on you may want to look at

In Pre-Trip Planning » Suggested hikes in the gore range/Eagles Nest area? Summits, alpine, lakes, and fishing!
June 05, 2:44pm

Re: My approach
In the OP you didn't mention what your shelter is. I use a 40 degree quilt. If I was expecting 30F (-1C) temps my normal sleep system would include 1] Ultralight Bivy (cuts wind, probabl...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Sleep systems with clothes
June 05, 2:28pm

Re: No Replies :(
I would suggest posting something on as well. I suspect you will get a lot more feedback on that site particularly when it comes to peak bagging and that site is Colorado focused and so ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Suggested hikes in the gore range/Eagles Nest area? Summits, alpine, lakes, and fishing!
June 05, 11:15am

Lunges and Squats
I think you can get a more intense workout with a variety Lunges and Squats. I also think doing core work also goes a long way towards giving you the proper support/strength in your ab/low back th...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Training on a treadmill
June 04, 11:55am

I have used the Kleen Strip SLX before and experienced a headache which I believe was from breathing too much of the burning fumes. My plan is to try Everclear in an attempt to avoid some of the b...

In GEAR » U.S. denatured etoh for stove use?
June 04, 9:46am

Re: Cut the hook
I love BPL and the collective knowledge that we all get to tap into. I like both suggestions of the S Biner and the cut hook. However, I think the cut hook is ingenious and definitely is a quick/...

In GEAR » Attaching bivy to Tarp
June 02, 9:32pm

Attaching bivy to Tarp
I recently acquired the MLD Bug Bivy and have a GG SpinnTwinn tarp that I am planning to use it under. The attachment points on the Bivy and Tarp are simple fabric loops. I have shock cord that c...

In GEAR » Attaching bivy to Tarp
June 01, 5:15pm

What would you want if you life depended on it
In my opinion, SPOT devices are not reliable enough to be used for SOS purposes. If your primary use will be to send OK messages then you obviously are in good shape and can take the time to find ...

In GEAR » Any new SPOT input/reviews?
June 01, 3:36pm

All Reader Reviews by Randy Martin

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Katabatic Gear Bristlecone (Regular Length, Wide Width)
I have had the Bristlecone Bivy for a year and really appreciate the side zipper for ease of entry/exit. The mesh is just right for breathability and views. The stake out loops are nice when you wan...

In Shelters - Bivy Sacks
May 15, 6:03pm

Marmot Atom
The bag is true to it's 40 degree rating and when I sleep with insulating layers on I have comfortably slept in this bag down to the upper 20's. If you are cold in this bag at 50 then I suspe...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
May 31, 1:59pm